The following Federal Bills listed below are all driven by animal rights groups.

Each bill outlined below is catagorized and listed by Name and bill number.

Please read the summary carefully and click the tab within each listing to send your opposition emails to your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators.



USDA/Regulatory:


Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act (AWEIA) H.R. 3277 

Sponsor: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi 

Co-Sponsors to date: 50 

Referred to House Agriculture Committee/ House Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

This legislation is completely driven by the animal rights organizations to push USDA into Obama-era adversarial enforcement practices and was issued under the false premise that because USDA write-ups for non-compliance declined under the Trump administration that USDA did not have strict enough enforcement.

In other words, the animal rights groups, namely ASPCA, have made their assessment that because USDA was not regulating licensees out of business that they were not doing their job. 

This legislation is a by-product of ASPCA's lawsuit against USDA which perpetuates their false narrative about USDA regulatory enforcement being "too lax."



Key points of this legislation include:

  • Requiring animal dealers and exhibitors to renew their licenses annually, including a full pre-license inspection.
  • Inspections before issuing or renewing a license must be unannounced.
  • For initial applications, the applicant would have only two chances to pass an inspection. If any non-compliance is observed during the second inspection, the application would be denied, and the applicant could reapply after one year.
  • Renewal would require that the licensee have no more than one documented noncompliance with any standard for the humane care of animals during the previous two years.
  • Prohibiting USDA from issuing or renewing a license if the dealer or exhibitor has been found to have violated any federal, state, or local animal welfare law, or if the applicant is applying for a license to circumvent a state or local law prohibiting the private ownership of certain animals as pets.
  • Requiring USDA to suspend the license of any dealer or exhibitor who commits a violation that presents a risk to animal welfare, and to permanently revoke the license (after notice and opportunity for a hearing) if the violation persists or the licensee has committed multiple violations.
  • Preventing dealers and exhibitors whose licenses are suspended or revoked from being granted another license under another business name or through a business partner or family member, or from being employed by another licensee to work with animals during the period of the suspension or revocation.
  • Authorizing citizen suits to enforce the Animal Welfare Act (similar to the Endangered Species Act and other major federal environmental laws).
  • Requiring USDA to publish all unadjudicated inspection reports.


The Cavalry Group OPPOSES H.R. 3277




Greyhound Breeders/Working Dogs:


Greyhound Protection Act H.R.3335       

Sponsor: Rep. Tony Cardenas

Co-Sponsors to date: 30

Referred to House Judiciary Committee

  • Intended to ELIMINATE the Greyhound Racing Industry nationwide. 
  • Amends the Wire Act to prohibit gambling on commercial greyhound races. 
  • Would also prohibit gambling on open-field coursing where greyhounds and sighthounds are judged on their ability to chase hares.
  • Another attack on Working Animals and animal ownership!
  • Cancel Culture

The Cavalry Group OPPOSES H.R. 3335




Animal Agriculture/Farming/Ranching:


Farm System Reform Act H.R.4421/S.2332

Sponsors: Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)  

Co-Sponsors to date: 50 

Referred to House Agriculture; Transportation and Infastructure Committee/Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment; Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

  • The Farm System Reform Act would phase out "largest" Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) by 2040.
  • "Large" is defined by putting unconstitutional restrictions on the limitation of animals in FACOs for dairy, cattle, equine, sheep, lambs, poultry, swine, ducks.
  • This legislation is an animal rights dream and would fulfill their goal of the abolition of animal agriculture in America. 

The Cavalry Group OPPOSES H.R.4421/S.2332





Pet Industry:


Puppy Protection Act H.R. 2840/S.1385

Sponsors: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) & Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Co-Sponsors to date: 83 in the House and 21 in the Senate; Referred to House Agriculture Committee and Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.

This legislation contains breeding limits, exercise mandates, limitation on the number of dogs one can own/breed, rescue mandate for retired breeding dogs, temperature restrictions that are dangerous for newly whelped puppies, and more.


The Cavalry Group OPPOSES H.R. 2840/S.1385






Equines:


Save America's Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act H.R. 3355

Sponsor: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

Co-Sponsors to date: 83 

  • Referred to House Energy and Commerce Committee HSUS and Animal Wellness Action is working to add the SAFE Act as an amendment to the INVEST in America ACT (H.R. 3684) which has already passed the House by a vote of 221 to 201. 
  • The SAFE Act would Amend the Horse Protection Act and would prohibit the shipping transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughter for human consumption, and for other purposes.
  • The SAFE Act would shutter any remaining horse slaughter plants in the U.S. and halt transport into Canada and Mexico. 

The Cavalry Group OPPOSES H.R. 3355





Exotic Animals:


Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act H.R.263 / S.1210

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Sen

Co-Sponsors to date: 203 in the House; 24 in the Senate

  • The proponents of the Big Cat Public Safety Act have claimed that tens of thousands of captive big cats flood the U.S. to this day, and the number of cats they cite increases each legislative season, despite a complete lack of supporting evidence. 
  • The Big Cat Public Safety Act would have the effect of curtailing existing legal business activity without providing any information about the resultant adverse economic impact, while offering significant challenges for enforcement. 
  • The severe limitations on breeding and continued possession imposed by this bill not only impact the prohibited species already legally maintained but almost certainly ensure the extinction of some of these species in our parks and zoos.
  • Read our 8 Facts about private ownership of Big & Exotic Cats       Click here
  • Learn more about how private ownership of exotic animals can save them from extinction. Click here

Proponents of the Big Cat Public Safety Act claims that the bill will do two things:  save thousands of big cats from abuse and exploitation by private owners and prevent those animals and their “negligent” owners from mauling or killing countless members of the public.

In reality, this messaging is a huge scam being sold to law makers and takes advantage of their affection for big cats and their trust in the sensationalized media about exotic animals in recent months and years, especially as a result of the Netflix sensation, Tiger King.

The Cavalry Group OPPOSES H.R. 263/S. 1210







 

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